One person was killed and another remains in critical condition following a serious collision in Hillsborough County Tuesday night.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, a 53-year-old man was killed when his car struck a disabled dump truck along Bruton Road in Plant City.
Deputies believe the driver of the GMC dump truck was putting gasoline in the truck, which was broken down on the north side of Bruton Road facing west. The rear of the truck was still in the road when the deceased man’s 1996 Nissan collided with it at about 45 miles per hour.
According to authorities, the deceased man failed to see the edge of the truck and ran into it.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger was transported to Tampa General Hospital via helicopter and remains in critical condition with severe trauma to the neck.
The dump truck driver was not harmed.
Charges are pending.
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